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More problems with VA scheduling systems revealed

The electronic wait system for keeping track of and monitoring initial primary-care appointments for new patients at Veterans Affairs medical facilities is not the only scheduling system at VA that's now under scrutiny. A separate system for monitoring VA patients' access to outpatient specialty care -- such as cardiologists, gastroenterologists and physical therapists — is also "unreliable," according to GAO's Debra Draper, who testified before the House Veterans Affairs Committee Monday evening.

Tags: VA , House , Debra Draper , Richard Griffin , GAO , Jack Moore , veterans ,

Monday - 06/09/2014, 05:21pm EDT

VA, DoD climb the stairs to interoperability together

Dr. Theresa Cullen, chief medical informatics officer at the Veterans Health Administration, leads the program that allows the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to share data to improve the quality of health care they provide.

Tags: Theresa Cullen , VA , health IT , interoperability , DoD , technology , Michael OConnell , Federal Drive

Thursday - 11/14/2013, 05:08pm EST
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GSA's Turco moving to VHA

Kathleen Turco is leaving GSA after 11 years, including the last three as the associate administrator of governmentwide policy. She will become the CFO at the Veterans Health Administration.

Tags: Kathleen Turco , GSA , Veterans Affairs , management , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/31/2013, 11:27am EDT

Federal Drive Interviews -- Dec. 18, 2012

Bob Litan of Bloomberg Government talks about a new study on reducing the deficit. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo weighs in on a recent GAO decision. Lisa Pape discusses the Veterans Health Administration's efforts to reduce homelessness among veterans. Charles Paidock of the NFFE union talks about a proposal that would have some feds emptying their own waste bins. Hord Tipton reviews how the certification process is keeping up with new technology.

Tags: Bob Litan , Bloomberg Government , Joe Petrillo , Petrillo and Powell , GSA , GAO , Lisa Pape , homelessness , Charles Paidock , NFFE , Hord Tipton , (ISC)2 , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 12/18/2012, 08:58am EST

Mental health care not meeting VA standards

Veterans with mental health issues receive care comparable to that available in the private sector but the care falls short of standards set by the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a new report. Dr. Kate Watkins, who conducted the study for the RAND Corporation, told Federal News Radio where VA has succeeded and where it has failed.

Tags: veterans , mental health , health care , VA , RAND , Kate Watkins , GPRA

Friday - 10/28/2011, 01:37pm EDT
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Vet Centers grow under caring hands

Alfonso Batres' life has been dedicated to one important mission—addressing the needs of our nation's veterans and their families. We talk with him about that and it led him to become a finalist in thie year's Service to America Medals.

Tags: Federal Drive , SAMMIES 2011 , Sammies , Alfonso Batres

Monday - 05/23/2011, 10:31am EDT
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Which feds make the most money?

Feds who make more than $180,000 a year make up less than one percent of the federal workforce. Leading that pack are doctors, lawyers and dentists. Doctors held roughly eight out of 10 of the top-salaried jobs.

Tags: pay and benefits , pay debate , SEC , NIH , FDA , FDIC , Army , USA Today

Tuesday - 05/03/2011, 01:50pm EDT